How do you spell a ridiculous wager? C-O-L-T-S

Jan 18, 2005 6:57 AM

Before we get into the conference championships let’s take a little look at some of the most ridiculous happenings in Vegas the past week.

For the second straight week, the Race Hub on Saturday went down all over the state of Nevada resulting in race books not taking any pari-mutuel bets on any tracks. The only good thing was Palace Station setting up house wagering on Santa Anita and Golden Gate.

It seems pretty ridiculous to me that this could take place two weeks in a row and both times on the weekend. Speaking about ridiculous, I still can’t understand how just about everyone bet on the Colts at New England and the line went to a pick’em.

People, it was being played in the ice and snow of New England! Don’t you get it? Didn’t the game somewhat resemble last year’s game when the Pats beat the Colts 24-14 in almost the same kind of weather?

One other ridiculous thing I came across this past week was that the world famous Stardust Sports Book, where the line originates, has a limit on the NBA of $1,000 on the side and $200 on totals. Now that is really ludicrous, especially when the sister property, Sam’s Town will take $500 on an NBA total.

What am I missing here?

The Super Bowl is closing in and we’re getting to the nitty gritty this week with the conference championships. Here’s another absurdity — the term Super Bowl can not be uttered under any circumstances in Vegas. The Super Bowl police are everywhere, ready to pounce, sue and shut you down.

The SB gestapo has put an end to most all Super Bowl parties as we use to know them. In the past, when most all the sports books would charge a small $10 fee, you could go into a big room with giant TVs to drink, eat and watch the game. No more, and that’s a crime.

Sunday, Jan. 23
NFC Championship

Falcons +4½ at Eagles (41): Both teams squashed their rivals while at home last week in very easy style with both defenses and offenses looking good. This will be the fourth straight year that the Eagles have been this far, losing the previous three times.

The Falcons got to the Super Bowl back in ’98, only to lose to the Broncos 34-19. Three years ago, they fell 20-6 in the playoffs to Philadelphia. This appears a pick’em to me so those points look like a must take. ATLANTA, UNDER.

Patriots -3 at Steelers (37): Steelers defense played in Super Bowl form and Big Ben finally looked like a rookie. This game will be no different. The difference is the Pats will have Super Bowl veteran Tom Brady taking the snaps. The Steelers will have a first-year QB taking the snaps in the biggest game of his young life.

You won’t see any missed attempts by the Pats in the waning minutes with the game on the line, especially from Brady. Lay the points. PATRIOTS.

I know I will get a lot of threatening calls from some of my friends back in the "Burg" but that’s the way I see it.

Last week: 3-3
Postseason: 4-6
Season: 144-114